Nissan India has exported its India-made 500,000th car from the Kamarajar Port in Ennore, Chennai. It has achieved this milestone in less than five years, as the first car was exported in September 2010. The company exports out Nissan Micra, Nissan Sunny, and Datsun Go from India to several European countries. However, the lion's share in this export is of Micra, while the smallest numer belonging to Datsun GO.
"We created a huge capacity and exports ensured that we used our capacity optimally, made the cars we manufactured cost-competitive and ensured that we adhered to the best quality standards," said Guillaume Sicard, president, Nissan India operations. "What Nissan is doing in India is a good example of the 'Make in India' initiative," he added. Talking about the exports of Nissan Micra, around 72% of exports goes to European markets. We export over 1,800 types of auto components to Nissan's 34 plants across 24 countries. In terms of volume, Nissan India stands second when it comes to exporting parts," said Sicard. The cars are exported to various regions such as Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa.
Europe accounts for 70 percent of the exports while Middle East's contribution is 20 percent. While asked upon the domestic sales of Nissan India, Sicard was quite optimistic and even claimed that domestic sales might actually overtake the exports in coming course of time. "I would prefer slightly better domestic sales compared to exports," he said. As far as Datsun GO is concerned, it is mainly exported to South Africa and Nepal.